Frank tweaks a backside boneless on Orcas Island
Like many of us, Frank Faria has been skating for over half of his life. He recalls his first skateboard experience occurred when he was really young, on the sidewalk outside of his house learning how to ollie. Unbeknownst to him at the time, the Nash skateboard, with pink wheels and a Ninja graphic became his gateway towards a life of fun-filled freedom.
Fast-forward over a dozen years later, and the 25-year old Portuguese style master is still at it and when asked, “Why skateboarding?” Frank replies, “It’s the raddest thing in the world; nothing can compare to it! The way we do it, brings out our inner self, it’s a reflection of who we are; freedom of expression at its peak. I am so lucky to have found it. It has and will take me further than anything else will.”
San Francisco, Portland, Ripon skatepark and Modesto’s downtown ledge are among his favorite places to skate and at the top of his list. But, Frank is the proud owner builder of his own DIY indoor skate facility known as The Ranch housed in a barn on his parents’ farm in California’s Central Valley, so regular skate sessions at home are in the mix as well. In regards to skateboarding he claims that nobody influences him more than the people that he skates with, and of course good ol’ Drehobl. And yeah, witnessing Frank’s skating, you can see the Drehobl-Faria connection quite clearly, but he has distinct tricks and a style all his own.
The fact is that Frank rules at life and in addition to skating, Frank loves to play music, especially guitar. He says, “It’s an escape, similar to skateboarding; I can do it how ever the fuck I want.” And as much as he likes to make noise, Frank also likes it quiet. In fact, relaxing is his favorite pastime. He enjoys a quiet house, cooking food, and eating it. Other than that, he just likes to live, and try to make everyday better than the last.
Words to live by? “Don’t blow it; have fun! Cheers!”